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My mom's Cressida is leaking power steering fluid and was told it was expensive to replace due to the location of the line. Is that true, I'm afraid of her getting overcharged. Thank you

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IT IS A ROYAL PAIN TO REPLACE.
AND THE HOSE IS NOT CHEAP TOO

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